Release Date: May 10, 2010
Media Contact: Dale Johnson, External Relations
E-mail: Dale.Johnson@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5439
Mobile: 306-536-4312
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George Reed to receive Distinguished Canadian Award

Canadian Football League great, George Reed will receive the 26th Annual Distinguished Canadian Award. Sponsored by the Seniors Education Centre and Seniors University Group at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina, the award will be presented at the Distinguished Canadian Award Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on May 12 at the Delta Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, SK.

Reed, who holds an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the U of R, came to Canada to play professional football with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1963. In 1976, Reed was honored by the players of the CFL as the first recipient of the Tom Pate Memorial Award. The recipient of this annual award is an individual who has shown outstanding sportsmanship, a contribution to his team, his community, and to the Players Association. At the CFL's 1983 Schenley Awards Ceremony, Reed was again honored for his contributions to the League, the Players Association and the community at large.

Reed founded the George Reed Foundation for the Handicapped in 1974. Today, the organization raises approximately $500,000 yearly to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

Sponsors of the 26th Annual Distinguished Canadian Award include the Leader Post, SaskTel Pioneers and 620 CKRM The Source.

For more information, contact the Seniors Education Centre at (306) 585-5816 or (306) 569-2225 (evening).